A woman accompanies school children as they cross a street outside their school in Beirut, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Akram said he would never drop the lawsuit he had filed against Harkous.The father said his daughter remained on the street for 10-15 minutes after the accident, which occurred around 7:25 a.m. However, he added, he did not blame the school's administration, as he said it was unlikely many school staff were around so early before classes began. Joe Daccache, president of the Lebanese Association for School Safety Awareness, said that municipalities should take measures around schools to protect students.Daccache said the municipality of Beirut had one of the largest budgets of all Lebanon's municipalities and therefore should have an action plan for safety around schools.Echoing Hamad, Daccache said that the fact that the security situation was the priority was delaying the implementation of the new traffic law, which was passed by Parliament in 2012 .According to the new law, the most severe offenses, which incur a prison sentence of one month to two years and fines from LL1 million to LL3 million, include exceeding the speed limit by 60 kph, driving without a license and driving with a alcohol level of more than 1 gram per liter of blood.
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